Concerning a Dresser:
I love second hand stores.
It may or may not be important for you to know that but there it is. Yay for random facts!
I can spend literally hours browsing them. I look at just about everything, from kitchen gadgets, to toys and games, to furniture, it’s all interesting! I buy really cheap clothes just for the fabric. I discover kitchen tools that I never knew existed but just look so handy! I’m always looking for furniture that is more comfortable or in better shape, or is more practical than what I have. I look for toys and games for my daughter. (And as much as I want them, I never buy jigsaw puzzles because I can’t take the disappointment of building (almost) the whole thing only to find there’s a piece or two missing.)
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So a while back I took a day to do a round of second-hand shopping. I actually only made it to two stores but since one of them is massive and half-antiques (I LOVE antiques!) it still took a full day. Or whatever counts as a full day, with a 9-month-old.
At the BIG store I happened to find a dresser. And I fell in love with it. It’s solid wood for one thing. And it’s got old fashioned legs! I didn’t even realize they don’t make them with legs like that anymore until we got it home and I saw it next to our other dresser, which sits flush on the floor.
So it’s a white dresser with rounded corners. The drawer faces are a light blue with raised stars of different sizes arranged in the shape of a moon sliver.
The hubby and I decided to give it a fresh coat of paint. But then we made a whole lot more plans for it!
We decided to paint the drawer faces a darker blue, the stars will be glow-in-the-dark yellow, and we’re going to cover the dresser shell with fabric!
We picked the fabric (over two trips to Fabricland). It’s dark blue with small white stars and pinky/purple dots. I bought 3 metres even though I knew that would leave me with a lot left over because I wanted as few seams as possible.
I started out by tediously taping off the stars on the drawers and my husband sprayed the drawer fronts with the dark paint we chose.
As I was taping the the stars on the third drawer, I discovered that the stars can pop off! And when we removed the tape on the two drawers I had taped and Hubby had painted we noticed that no matter how carefully I thought I taped, it looked shoddy. So we decided to pop all the stars off and paint the drawers and stars separate then reglue the stars back on.
First I ironed the entire length of fabric. Then I draped it over the dresser so one edge was hanging over the left side with the bottom edge about as long as I wanted it (just a little too long so about an inch of fabric can be tucked underneath). The front edge was lined up as well. So that meant the excess fabric hung over the back and the right side. I cut in as straight a line as I could (which was fairly easy, thanks to the stars and dots being in uniform rows).
Then from the excess I cut three strips for the two bars between the drawers and the bottom edge.
The hubby sprayed the dresser front with Elmer’s Adhesive Spray and I applied the three strips. We discovered that the overspray is fairly uncontrollable so we know we want to do the rest of it outside!
We applied the fabric to the outside shell of the dresser then used a hot glue gun to make sure any loose edges and corners were tacked down.
So what do you think of our finished product?
Awesome, right?! Would you every try a project like this or have you already? I would love to hear from you down below!